A Lightweight with Heavyweight Features: BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) Smartphone Now Available to Verizon...

A Lightweight with Heavyweight Features: BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) Smartphone Now Available to Verizon Wireless Customers


BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 7 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless, builder and operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless network, announced today that the highly anticipated BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8330 smartphone is now available through the company’s online store and through business sales channels. This sophisticated, silver smartphone will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including those in Circuit City, on May 12.

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The BlackBerry Curve 8330 is the smallest and lightest full-QWERTY smartphone of the BlackBerry line, but the handset is packed with rich multimedia capabilities and services that allow fashion-forward professionals to stay connected to work, family and friends while on-the-go. The BlackBerry Curve 8330 also includes the following capabilities and key features:

— BlackBerry(R) Internet Service — access up to 10 supported POP3 and
IMAP personal and corporate e-mail accounts, including most popular ISP
e-mail accounts

— BlackBerry(R) Professional Software for small businesses and BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server for enterprise deployments — advanced security and IT administration within IBM(R) Lotus(R) Domino(R), Microsoft(R) Exchange and Novell(R) GroupWise(R) environments
— VZ Navigator(SM) — get visual and audible directions to a destination,
locate businesses and other places in an area, get a map of a location,
bookmark favorites and recent searches, and even share locations with others. Customers will be able to upgrade to the new VZ Navigator Version 4) in the coming weeks, which will provide traffic updates, information on traffic incidents and detours around traffic congestion and accidents in 75 cities from coast to coast

— Small and light design that is easy to handle and use; measures 4.2″ x 2.4″ x 0.6″ and weighs only 4 ounces
— Large, vibrant 320 x 240 display, with light sensing technology that automatically adjusts brightness for optimal viewing in outdoor, indoor and dark environments
— Responsive, highly-tactile full-QWERTY keyboard and RIM’s intuitive trackball navigation system
— Premium phone features including: noise cancellation technology to offset background noise; Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD); dedicated “send,” “end” and “mute” keys; and low-distortion speakerphone

— Bluetooth(R) 2.0, with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets
(Bluetooth stereo audio profile A2DP/AVRCP), car kits and other Bluetooth accessories
— 2.0 megapixel camera with support for video recording, self-portrait mirror, enhanced flash and 5x zoom (microSD(TM) memory card, sold separately for video recording)
— Easy access to the popular Facebook(R) for BlackBerry(R) Smartphones
— 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack and dedicated volume controls
— Advanced media player and enhanced desktop media manager software that makes it easy to move media files between a PC and the BlackBerry Curve 8330 — USB Data Cable comes in-box
— microSD/SDHC memory card slot, providing plenty of additional storage (up to 8 GB)
— HTML Web browser delivers a fast, rich browsing experience and supports
streaming video from sites like m.youtube.com (3GPP RTSP streaming protocol over EV-DO)
— Removable, rechargeable battery, rated for up to 260 minutes of talk time and up to 11 days of standby time
— In-box accessories include: a stereo headset, travel charger and premium tote sleeve

The BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphone is available for $169.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. An additional $100 credit toward the purchase of the handset is available for customers who sign up for qualifying voice and data plans at the time of purchase. Customers who purchase a Verizon Wireless Nationwide voice plan can also subscribe to the
E-Mail and Web for BlackBerry plan for an additional $29.99 per month while those opting for a data-only plan can pay $34.99 per month for unlimited
e-mail and access to the Internet.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com . Business customers should call 1-800-VZW-4BIZ or contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com . To preview and request
broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia .

A Lightweight with Heavyweight Features: BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) Smartphone Now Available to Verizon Wireless Customers